This Week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
We are excited to welcome the children back after a lovely holiday with family and
friends. The children were eager to see each other and to review materials as well
as get new lessons in the various areas explored. We have been looking at the time
Native Americans joined our country and the expansion with explorers Daniel
Boone, Davy Crockett, William Clark and James Bowie. The children have been using
the United States Timeline to reference this material seeing the development of
humans and events through time until the new nation occurred in 1914.
Parents, we are beginning yoga with the mid and end cycle children. If you have a
child size mat, please go ahead and bring it to the school and it will be returned at
the end of the year. Ms. Autumn will be sharing her yoga expertise with the children in
organized classes upon arrival during the week from 8:20-8:40AM. She has been working with
the upper elementary assisting them with breathing and movement techniques. We are
excited for her to share this practice with our community. The beginning cycles will join this
practice later in the year altogether. For preparation, the beginning cycles will learn
positions and mediation using the yoga material.
We recently learned how to play “Australian Kickball” as part of PE and practiced
“Tai-Chi”. The children loved practicing tai-chi in the classroom and modeling the
movement expressed with the sound and rhythm played. Everyone enjoyed splitting
up on teams and playing an organized game of Australian kick-ball. The children
enjoyed playing the roles of pitcher, catchers in the field, and umpire.
Many children completed their handwork material and are in need of adding to
their handwork baskets. Please send yarn with your child for the remaining
semester. The children can fit up two packages in their basket altogether. We are
going to focus on handwork activities such as knitting and crochet. A few
individuals are practicing and mentoring others currently. We do handwork during
read aloud each day for 10-15 minutes. The children are enjoying the 2nd book of
the Benedict Society. The adventure is beginning to gain suspense!
In the kitchen this week we roasted broccoli and kale from our garden. Everyone loved the recipe and
said it was delicious. The group added garlic and lemon zest along with a few other ingredients. They
also made roasted potatoes with smothered sour cream and lemon juice. It was a practical life
experience to scrub, peel and cube a potato. We will be ending the week with making a banana-apple
spinach smoothie and flatbread pizza. Parents, thank you for your support with ingredients and
contributing to our kitchen. We appreciate it so much!
We’ve been exploring the movement of air and how it insulates our earth evenly.
We’ve reenacted the movement outside altogether and talked about how cold air
sinks as hot air rises and this cycle continues on and on until the earth is covered.
The children were fascinated with the idea that the movement is “wind” and how
this cycle relates to other weather patterns we are currently experiencing. The
geography lessons in our classes continue to span from the information about sun
to the movement of water and air. Last week talked about erosion and its presence
in valleys and canyons. The children explored pictures of the Grand Canyon.
Lastly, the weather is changing as we spend time at the clearing and playground. If
you would like to send a bag with your child’s clothes in it, please label it with their
name and we will put in their bathroom. Many are playing gaga at the playground or
building forts at the clearing. At times we encounter water and mud while
collaborating and exploring creatively and would like an extra set – just in case!
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Warmly, Mountain Laurel Cottage
Mountain Laurel Cottage